4 Simple Questions to Guide Your Next Art Purchase

Buying art shouldn't be an overwhelming, confusing process, but sometimes it's hard to know where to start. Here are four key questions to ask yourself to help make the process, easy, approachable, and above all, fun.

Why do I want to purchase art?

Purchasing art can have many approaches, depending on what you’re looking for. It’s not always vital to pinpoint the exact space for your art before beginning your search. Get a sense of your goals— Do you want to start with one piece, or are you open to multiple purchases? Is there a specific wall that you want to fill, are you looking to start a collection, or both? Understanding what you’re trying to gain is the best way to guide your search.

What's out there?

Personal research is the most important part of the process. Take a walk through your city’s arts district, talk to gallerists, attend opening receptions and artist open studios, browse online resources like Artsy. This part can be fun. Don’t be intimidated: there’s no rush. The more patience you have with your search, the more you learn, and the more educated of a purchase you will be able to make. Take a friend to an opening, wander your local Open Studios with your spouse, ask gallerists questions on First Fridays. The main focus isn’t to seek out a purchase, it’s to enjoy the experience of looking at art.

What do I like?

As you continue your research, keep track of the things that appeal to you: artists, media, particular galleries. What colors have been your favorite? Have you been drawn to abstract work, or figurative? Maybe you initially went in looking for a painting, but later realize that you love photography. Maybe you intended to fill a wall with three smaller pieces, but have come to like the idea of one large piece. Now that you are beginning to understand the market, you can set a budget and determine what work suits your taste. Start considering options, envisioning the way it may fit into the different spaces in your home, office, or concept.

Which piece is “the one”?

This is the simplest part. When all of the pieces finally fall together—size, aesthetic, price, concept—you’ll know. Many artists, consultants, and galleries offer payment plans, as well as shipping and installation assistance to make your purchase a smooth, easy process. Don’t be afraid to take the plunge.

Thursday, September 15, 2016: Puloma Ghosh


SoWa First Friday

This Friday, November 6, Abigail Ogilvy Gallery will be participating in SoWa’s “First Friday” and will be open after hours from 5 pm-9 pm.   

On the first Friday of every month, the SoWa District keeps its doors open to the public for an evening of culture. This gives the public the opportunity to view the art galleries, do some shopping, taste the fine cuisine that the restaurants in the South End have to offer. The artists above the 450 Harrison Avenue galleries leave their studios open for people to view their work and learn about their techniques and art process. The objective of First Friday is in line with the mission of our gallery of making art accessible to all. These First Friday are sponsored by the SoWa Artists Guild, a non-profit association of studio artists.


With all the new galleries and stores that just opened, this First Friday in particular is sure to be a success with lots of people and high energy. “It's a wonderful time to view the different galleries and do personal research on what you might like, without feeling the pressure of a quiet gallery, ” said our owner and director, Abigail Ogilvy. We could not be more excited for people to come see our show currently on view. Often artists show up to talk about their works too. This Friday, we have the privilege of one of our artist’s Katie Wild coming to ours. Refreshments will be served outside our building too. You do not want to miss out!





Tuesday, November 3, 2015: Lacy Tell

Welcome to SoWa

Our gallery opens to the public this Friday and we couldn’t be more excited! When looking for the perfect gallery space, there was no better spot than SoWa. Below are 10 facts that you might not have known about the area: 

(1) SoWa stands for “South of Washington” Street, homage to New York’s SoHo.

(2) The name SoWa was coined by GTI Properties and owner Mario Nicosia, who is credited for reviving the district.

(3) Before it was “SoWa,” the area was considered the mill and warehouse district.

(4) Now, the area is known as the arts district in Boston, with 27 galleries. 15 new shops and galleries are moving into 460C Harrison Ave over the next month.

(5) In the summer, SoWa Sundays offer an open market with crafts from local vendors, a farmers market, and the infamous New England food trucks.

(6) Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, one of the popular SoWa food trucks, was on Food Network Season 2 of The Great Food Truck Race.

(7) SoWa has the largest Whole Foods in Boston that includes a fish shack, juice bar, spa, and more!

(8) Abigail Ogilvy Gallery has moved into 460C Harrison Avenue, previously the building that hosted the vintage market and Mohr and McPherson storage space.

(9) The Vintage market is still open year round with antiques and collectibles in its new location in the building 450 Harrison Ave.

(10) Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, along with other galleries on Harrison Ave, will start participating in First Fridays on November 6. 


Wednesday, October 14, 2015: Lacy Tell